Felice Anno Nuovo + Happy New Year + !Feliz Aňo Nuevo! + Bonne Année
By: Krista Lombardi, President, Mission Hills Business Improvement District
Lombardi Team at Scott & Quinn Real Estate
Auguri per un felice 2018! Lucky me to be both Italian and American with a history of welcoming the New Year in celebration and with delicious cuisine. As is my family’s tradition, this year we celebrated New Year’s Eve with cenone, a big feast, and lots of Prosecco. Since childhood, and now with my husband, I enjoy this family time and cannot recall a celebratory meal I have not thoroughly embraced.
Mission Hills is the best ever neighborhood for delicious bites and beverages. Keeping it local with friends, over the holidays we discovered a couple new-to-us dining spots. And, speaking of new spots, the new owner of The Red Door and BAR by Red Door, Italian chef Luciano Cibelli, is from Milan, Italy and recently moved his residence to Mission Hills as well. Please join with me in welcoming Chef Cibelli to our neighborhood.
We wish longtime Mission Hills BID board member and eight year owner of The Red Door and Bar by Red Door, Trish Watlington, a fond farewell as she moves on to her Farm to Fork ventures. The BID offered her an eternal key and looks forward to welcoming her back to enjoy all our community has to offer. With Trish’s departure, the BID will be welcoming new faces onto our board of directors. Look for their announcements in my February column.
If you live in the village of Mission Hills, I hope you had the opportunity to attend Holiday in the Hills. This annual block party is hosted by the West Lewis Shopping District. The business owners who organize this and other events during the year dedicate a lot of work, time, and money to bring about a community feeling in this charming place.
A January column would not be complete without a little reflection and some plans for the new year. I am so very grateful to the five hundred businesses whose owners have chosen to locate in the Mission Hills Business Improvement District. These businesses are complementary to our adjacent residential community and unique and interesting in a top-notch way which draws regional patronage. To the BID’s board of directors and its committees’ chairpersons, thank you for your ongoing commitment to making Mission Hills business neighborhoods all they can be! From International Restaurant Row to West Lewis, Ft. Stockton to Goldfinch, along Reynard Way and West Washington and points in between, the BID stands strong in its commitment to provide promotions, design, and economic development ideas and support.
As a reminder, the Mission Hills BID board meets on the second and third Wednesdays of each month at 3:00 p.m. The meetings take place at Mission Hills United Methodist Church; the BID’s website is the best way to locate the most accurate and up-to-date information. On the second Wednesday, we conduct our committee meetings, including promotions, design, economic development, and Mission Hills Parking Advisory committees. The Executive Committee meets immediately following to consider financial matters of the BID and determine the matters from committee which are ready to be placed on the board agenda. The third Wednesday is the meeting of the full board of directors where items are voted on and decisions are reached that impact the BID membership.
Please visit the Mission Hills Business Improvement District’s website at www.MissionHillsBID.com and consider how you might become more involved in 2018.
I am excited to have been re-elected President of the Mission Hills BID and look forward to the BID’s work in 2018. Won’t you join us?